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3 Tricks to Getting Started on Your Personal Statement

3 Tricks to Getting Started on Your Personal Statement

Few things are as intimidating as a blank screen. What should I say? Where do I begin?

That’s the reason I'm doing this 21-day writing challenge in the first place: to thwart the perfectionism, excuses, and other BS that prevent me from writing on a regular basis.

You, dear pre-med, may harbor this same perfectionism. If I tell you to write a personal statement exercise, you may find yourself freezing up. Why? Because it feels so unfamiliar. It's like taking a jog after a long break from exercise: you know how to use your legs, but they feel weak. You've written plenty of lab reports, but after years of science classes, your creative writing muscles have atrophied.

Finding Your Angle in the Personal Statement (Part 1)

Finding Your Angle in the Personal Statement (Part 1)

By: Ryan Kelly

Have you ever saved someone from drowning? What about rescuing a baby from a burning building? How about a cat stuck in a tree? Anything?

Alright, so you didn’t save anyone. But surely you could, right? Especially with your tri-cultural background and fluency in six languages! No? Not even close?

5 Pre-med misconceptions that can cost you

5 Pre-med misconceptions that can cost you

Every kid learns you can’t fold a piece of paper more than seven times. A childhood adage, just like “don’t cross your eyes or they’ll get stuck that way,” and “all girls have cooties.” Everyone knows these ideas. And yet, they’re not true.

If you’re a high schooler with ambitions to be a doctor, prepare to have your mind blown! Seriously, we’re about to flip the script on all that you’ve been told.

4 Foolproof Strategies to Make Your Personal Statement Memorable

4 Foolproof Strategies to Make Your Personal Statement Memorable

By: Ryan Kelly

The competition for medical school is fierce. With so many qualified candidates, it’s easy to fear being overlooked by admissions committees. Stellar grades and a laundry list of experiences aren’t enough on their own. You must present your path to medicine with flavor and insight. Remember to exercise your creative muscles during the writing process, or you’ll run the risk of blending in with the giant stack of applications.